DEMETRE CHIPARUS (1886-1947)
Civa (Shiva)192521 1/2 x 15 x 9 7/8 in. cold-painted, patinated and enameled bronze and chryselephantine
DescriptionCiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. In this work, Chiparus represents the exoticism of the East, as the elegant figure meditates in the lotus position. The work recalls the dances of the Ballets Russes, one of the artist’s primary inspirations, and embodies the essence of the age — particularly the rediscovery of ancient Egyptian art, as Tutankhamun’s tomb was excavated in 1922.
Chiparus depicted most of his figures in a sensual, curvilinear fashion. His subjects always look beautiful and at ease. Civa is an excellent example of the artist’s impeccable casting, particularly the detail work in the bronze body and the expressively carved ivory face.
The decorative base is also noteworthy, because Chiparus made them integral to his compositions. The artist used an assortment of materials to decorate the bases of his sculptures, including onyxes, marbles, and colored stones.